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Geo-Museum: The Shui-Jin-Jiu Geopark Exhibition

Currently, the Gold Museum is busy hol an  exhibition that explores the   geologic

resources of the geopark. The exhibition details the development of the geopark and the diverse geoheritage of the Shuijinjiu area. Please visit the Gold Museum website for more information.


Into the Mines: Reading a Golden Route 2020/2/26~2020/7/26

Date :2020/02/26~ 2020/07/26 Venue : Jinshui Special Exhibition Hall, Gold Refining Building


The Shuijinjiu Historic Mining Sites plays an important role in Taiwan’s history of metal mining. Both the mining development and also the industrial environment of this area have shaped the unique "Gold Rush Route". This gold-mining trail started from Qidu section of the Keelung River, then extended to Dacukeng, Xiaocukeng, Jiufen, Jinguashi, and Shuinandong of Ruifang District, and finally reached Bachimen Port, forming a complete development process of mining industry.

The concept of “Cultural Routes” was initiated in Europe in 1987, and was established in 2008 by the "ICOMOS Charter on Cultural Routes" from ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), and has since become the basis for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in various countries. Cultural Routes refers to the travel paths and their surroundings during the process of cultural activities which reflect specific cultural interactions through tangible or intangible cultural heritage. A Cultural Route can be an existing road, a region, or a network formed by connecting different heritage sites. Relevant concepts are cited in this exhibition,hoping to highlight the overall value of the "Gold Rush Route" as cultural heritage, and to think outside the box of single-site heritage preservation, and hence to facilitate contextualized cultural experience activities.

Through the illustration and prose works created by the two local talents, we hope to represent the elapsed scenes and stories on the Gold Rush Route, and provide different perspectives to explore the gold mining history in this area.

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Treasure of Golden Mountains Exhibition of Shuijinjiou Geoheritage 2019/03/08-2019/10/27

Date :Now Until 10/27 Venue : Jinshui Special Exhibition Hall, Gold Refining Building



The epithermal deposits of Jinguashi, Jiufen and Wudan Mountain contain the richest mineral resources in Taiwan. In acknowledging these natural treasures, the Gold Museum organizes the program, aiming to bring the broad audience of Taiwan face-to-face to the history of Taiwanese gold and copper mining industry, and the island’s rich natural resources. The show, apart from an overview of the geological structure of the Shuijinjiou area, also showcases the unique and precious mineral resources of the region. The program also includes topics of scientific studies and the relationship between goldmining and humanistic development, and how the correlation was the foundational “root” for the past development of this mountainous mining town.

The Fourth Age of Man - Contemporary Art in Jinguashi 2018/11/09~2019/03/03

In Metamorphoses, the renowned Roman poet Ovid divided the humanity into four successive ages: Golden, Silver, Bronze and Iron. In the Golden Age, people lived in harmony with the nature, and the earth provided food in abundance. But during the Iron Age, men learn to demarcate nations with boundaries; they become warlike and master the skills of mining to dig out the riches of the earth. The Four Age of Man – Contemporary Art in Jinghasi invites five contemporary artist to explore mining development and its social impacts on communities. Through their interpretations of people, landscape, material culture and the physical remains of industrial mining heritage, the exhibition presents the Iron Age from a refreshing perspective that is soul-searchingly candid. Among the featured works in this exhibition, “Mineral Crafts” by Hsu Chia-wei combines old photographs, drone footage, and the online game Minecraft. By intersecting images from gameplay with those of industrial heritage, it reflects the real historical memory in the simulated construction. Liu Yu’s “Nameless” focuses on personal histories and even fictionalized personal oral history that are sidelined in the official history. When the abandoned site in the mountains can no longer be identified, the names of the interviewees can serve no more purpose. Chen I-chun’s “Under Surveillance” explores the making of the war machine and associated human rights issues based on the stories of Allied POW placed in the Jinguashi POW camp by the Japanese military during World War II. “Golden Cock” by Liao Chien-chung is a drum-type continuous mining machine with golden sheen. Although the machine had never been seen in Jinguashi, it is a necessary tool of modern mining operations. Its powerful function paired with the appearance of a gold rooster creates an incongruous mixture with a hint of bizarre harmony. In Wu Chuan-lun’s “Coast Mining”, plastics, foams, and other corrosion-resistant petrochemical materials are amalgamated with oyster shells and sea sand to become almost mineral-like. It distinctly demonstrates that the line between artificial and natural materials is now as blurry as the divide between humankind and nature.

Time for School: Century of Education in the Mining Town 2018/4/27~2018/6/24

"Shuijinjiu Mine" is one of the prominent industry heritage in Taiwan. Since a large amount of gold nuggets was found in the Keelung River in 1890, gold rush miners had swarmed into these mountain towns of Northeastern Taiwan. Until the mining stoppage in the 1980s, these mines had created a considerable amount of gold in East Asia. The gold rush also led to the settlement of more than ten thousands of people. To meet the needs of the education for Japanese and Taiwanese children, primary/public schools became indispensable in these mining towns.

 Today, there are still five elementary schools and junior high schools in this area. These schools have been enlightenment of the local schoolchildren, and witnessed the rise and fall of the mining industry for more than a century. “Going to School” exhibition attempts to explore stories of these mining towns respectively through the historical development of schools and its connection among mining industry, school days, and new education.

Making Herbal Pills! To Reconstruct Jinguashi Green Grass Ceremony 2018/08/03-2018/11/04

The traditional folk festivals of Jinguashi Settlement include the Lunar New Year, Mazu’s Birthday, Making Herbal Pills, Guangong’s Birthday, Mountain God Sacrificial Ceremony, and Ghost Festival…etc. However, along with the industry transformation, population migration and social changes, some folk activities are gradually flourishing, even haven’t been seen anymore.

"Making Herbal Pills" is an unique folkway during Dragon Boat Festival in Jinguashi area. It has more than 100-year history. Cyuanji Temple, the local belief center in Jinguashi, organizes and recruits believers making Herbal Pills for local medical needs. It is also referred as "Green Grass Ceremony" recently. Because of the medical improvement, there is less demand for Herbal Pills, and the Green Grass Ceremony is no longer held every year. In order to perpetuate the centuries-old folkway, this Dragon Boat Festival, Cyuanji Temple will stress the inheritance and re-hold the Green Grass Ceremony after a hiatus of 10 years. The Gold Museum of New Taipei City Government assisted in recording and displaying this folkway by several theme exhibitions, such as "The Story of Green Grass Ceremony", "Herb Gathering in the Field" and "Making Herbal Pills Together" to represent the unique features of Jinguashi.

2018 New Taipei City International Metal Crafts Competition Exhibition 2018/6/28~2018/10/28

After two rounds of evaluation and ardent discussions among the jury panel, outstanding prizewinning entries will be selected and ranked gold prize, silver prize, bronze prize, quality prize, merit prize, and finalist. All prizewinning entries are going to be displayed in the exhibition after the end of the competition on June 2018.

Those Fleeting Years in Jinguashi Mine-The 120th Anniversary Exhibition 2017/05/05-2018/02/25

This exhibition presented the history and stories of Jinguashi Mine from the aspects of the history of gold mining and the life memories of local people in mining town.

2017 Blooming : The Joint Exhibition of Emerging metalwork Artists 2017/4/28~2017/11/5

The exhibition invited six young artists who spoke bravely to the world by their metalworks and were in line with the international practice in contemporary metal art. Their works provided a glimpse of the creative results of the young generation of metalwork artists in Taiwan.

Looking for Mine Colors: Mine Art Exhibition 2016/09/30-2017/4/23

The Mine Art Exhibition presented the beautiful scenes at different times in Shui-jin-jiu area through artists' works.

Jinguashi Folk Beliefs Exhibition 2015/08/28-2016/02/22

This exhibition introduced temples, religious festivities and ceremonies in Jinguashi by old photos, films, and the video and image records from cultural and historical workers in local temples, helping people understand the folk beliefs in mining town.

2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition Oversea Travelling Exhibition 2015/12/13~2016/03/13

The prizewinning works of 2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition were exhibited in National Ornamental Metal Museum in America. The main exhibits included prizewinning works and works from the members of review committee. 

2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition Exhibition 2015/06/26-2015/08/23

This competition began to accept submissions in February, 2015. The entries were divided into two categories, "jewelry category" and "object category." After two rounds of evaluation and ardent discussions among the jury panel, 28 outstanding prizewinning entries were selected from each of the two categories respectively, ranking gold prize, silver prize, bronze prize, quality prize, merit prize, and finalist. All prizewinning entries were going to be displayed in the exhibition after the end of the competition.